Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1657 Boston courthouse where Mary Dyer was tried

Some of the images are of the Boston Town House where trials were held from 1657 on, and the undeveloped space as it would have appeared before 1630, when Boston was founded.

William Dyer, the first attorney general in America, was there several times on court business, as we know from his letter to the General Court on his wife's behalf. And Mary Dyer knew the courthouse from her arraignments and capital trials in 1657, 1659, and 1660. (The Old State House is not the same building or location as the State House where the Mary Dyer and Anne Hutchinson statues are located. See map below and click photo to enlarge.)

I found the animation on the Facebook page of City of Boston Archaeology Program, who told me that the animated GIF is not copyrighted. This was their caption:
"In this one we feature the Old State House, first built in 1713, walking back its 1775 appearance during the Boston Massacre (with a cameo from the First "Old Brick" Church built in 1713), and the Town House first built in 1657 before ending with its approximate appearance before European arrival. Today, the building is operated by the The Bostonian Society."
GIF created by and courtesy of the City of Boston Archaeology Program, used by permission.

Learn more about the 1657 Boston Townhouse (Old State House) in the book

Mary Dyer: For Such a Time as This, by Christy K Robinson.
Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

For more information on the 1657 Statehouse or Town-House, click on this Wikipedia article.

Christy K Robinson is author of the books:
·          We Shall Be Changed (2010)
·          Mary Dyer Illuminated (2013)
·          Mary Dyer: For Such a Time as This (2014)
·          The Dyers of London, Boston, & Newport (2014)
·          Effigy Hunter (2015)
·          Anne Hutchinson, American Founding Mother (2018)


  1. Do you know what the building behind it was? It is the one with the cupola.

  2. You can go to the "City of Boston Archaeology Program" in Facebook, and ask about the cupolas there. The GIF-artist is Joe Bagley.

  3. So if I understand correctly, the "Old State House" is located where the original Boston Town House was, where Mary was tried, and the "State House" is a different building where the statues of Mary and Anne are located.

    1. Yes, Terry, that's correct. The "New" State House where the statues are is quite large, and it was built in the late 18th century, completed in 1798, and enlarged since then.


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